Friday 25th March, 2011
10:00am to 10:50am
The Web is a tool of socializing more than ever before. Today, the overwhelming majority of students have some social web presence from well before the start of their college education. Developers and educators alike focus on integrating social media like blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and FriendFeed into their products because of the immediate connection it forges with their audience, the students. Social media tools have been widely embraced by many disabled users for creating new outlets for expression and socializing. However, social media sites and tools demand many different types of interaction, and often pose a host of accessibility problems as well. These tools, if properly used by educators and augmented by developers, will yield great success for e-learning resources. This presentation will highlight some of the best uses of social media for and by disabled users. It will also go through some of the biggest problems for accessibility in these applications, and what to keep in mind for their use. Editors, developers, and designers will come away from this presentation with a firm understanding of the wealth of social media/networking tools available, and how best to use them accessibly, to reach their target audiences.
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